Ronit entered the pub named Open 24 Hours, with his group of friends. They were all there to celebrate Mohit’s birthday. They ordered their drinks and went to the dance floor. After a couple of hours, Ronit went to the washroom, when he came out of the washroom, his eyes caught a girl outside the girl’s washroom, holding her high-heeled sandals in one of her hands. She was trying to make a call but was facing some network issues. She looked worried.
Ronit went to her and asked, “Would you like to use my phone? I might be a stranger to you but if you don’t mind you can use my phone. You can delete the number from the caller’s list if you want.
Hesitatingly, she took the phone and dialled a number.
“Mom, the party is going to be over soon. I will be back in an hour. Don’t worry about me. I am fine. Bye.”
She gave the phone back to him.
“My name is Raima. I am here with my friends. I was trying to call my mom to tell her that I am okay. Thanks for the help.” She said in a friendly voice.
“I am Ronit. That’s okay. I am here with my friends too. Are you going inside?”
“No, I want to stay outside for a while. Do you mind joining me?” Raima asked him.
“Umm, okay,” Ronit replied.
Just then Raima’s phone rang and she answered. She told him that it was her friend who was looking for her and asking to go home. She excused herself and went towards the exit door.
After a while, Ronit went inside and joined his friends who were still on the dance floor.
The next day, Ronit was sitting in his office but was not able to focus on his work. His thoughts were still occupied by the events of last night. He wasn’t able to get Raima out of his mind. Maybe it was love at first sight!
The week spent as usual in his office. The following weekend he thought of visiting the pub again. He spoke to his friends and they decided to go to the same pub again.
Ronit was hoping to see Raima again there. His eyes were looking for her while his friends were enjoying themselves on the floor. Feeling restless he went out to the terrace where they had met last weekend. Luckily, he spotted her. She was standing with her back towards him. Initially, he thought that she might be someone else. As he moved further, he was sure she was Raima.
“Hi, so we meet again!” Ronit called out to her.
Raima was startled to see him but greeted him with a smile.
“Ya, this is one of our favourites. We come here every weekend. What about you?” Ronit told her.
“I come here often too. My friend brings me here. Though I don’t like it much. It is only because of my friend that I come here. Her parents won’t let her come otherwise.”
They spoke to each other for some time after which she said, “Ronit, can I ask you for a favour. It’s getting too late and my mom is waiting for me at home. I will tell my friends that I am going home. They won’t mind.”
They left the pub in Ronit’s car. She told him that her father had expired many years back and she was the only child of her parents. She and her mother lived in an apartment nearby.
Ronit dropped Raima outside her apartments. She gave him her number and told him which apartment she lived in. Ronit thought that she liked him too.
Two days later, Ronit was passing by the same apartments. He thought of going to her house and meeting her. Maybe he would be able to meet her.
He rang the bell of her house. A woman opened the door.
“Hello, aunty. Is Raima there? I am her friend. I would like to meet her.” Ronit asked the woman with a smile.
“Raima?” asked the woman surprisingly.
“Come inside.” She said.
In the drawing-room, there was a big picture of Raima with a garland.
Ronit was shocked. Before he could speak, the woman spoke to him, “that’s my daughter, Raima. She died last year in an accident. Her body was found outside the Pub called Open 24 Hours. She had gone there with her friends. They say that she fell down from the terrace being highly drunk. But I know she wasn’t drunk that night. She had called me just before the time of her death to tell me that she was fine and will be back in an hour for the party was about to get over. I still don’t know what happened that night.” Raima’s mother told him.
Ronit did not know what to think or to say. The memories of those two nights…the call that she made on his phone… I will be back in an hour… the party is about to get over…I am fine…
Ronit left the place without saying anything.
He sat in the car and started not knowing where he was going.
“Hi Ronit, looking for me?”
Ronit looked on his left and saw Raima sitting in the car. Suddenly, he lost the control of the steering wheel.
The crowd gathered and policemen arrived outside Open 24 Hours and took out the body of Ronit from the car.
This post is written as an enrty for Day 7 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words June 2018.
The prompt which I have used today is the picture prompt used in the featured image of the post.